BijlmAIR and H-Lab
CBK Zuidoost has a residency programme called BijlmAIR. We started BijlmAIR in 2001, where we invite young, international artists, together with SMBA and our new partner Bradwolff Projects. The studio of BijlmAIR is situated in Heesterveld. There is no open call for this residency, but artists are invited to join this programme.
A condition for this residency programme is that artists make work that relates to the transnational and intercultural society of Amsterdam Southeast. This can be done on all kinds of levels – urban, sociological, economical, historical, etc.
BijlmAIR was started in 2001 on initiative of CBK Zuidoost. We looked for partners in the city centre as well as in Amsterdam Southeast. The programme offers young artists at the beginning of their professional careers a period for working, a living and working space, an exhibition space, and a modest working budget.
Information about Amsterdam Southeast
Amsterdam Southeast is the only part of the city that does not adjoins to Amsterdam. This part of the city consists of different areas:
• Amstel III/Bullewijk (this is a businesspark with the Amsterdam Arena and the Academic Medical Centre (hospital AMC)
• Bijlmer (this is the location of CBK Zuidoost near stadsdeel Amsterdam Zuidoost, the shopping area Amsterdamse Poort and near areas D t/m K. The studio for BijlmAIR is located in Florijn, the F-area)
• Gaasperdam (areas Holendrecht, Nellestein, Reigersbos en Gein)
• Venserpolder (near towns Diemen and Duivendrecht)
• Village Driemond
Southeast is very multicultural. You will find more than 130 nationalities here. Also, Southeast is surrounded by a lot of green. There are many parks like Bijlmerpark and Gaasperpark. CBK Zuidoost, together with Bijlmer Parktheatre and Imagine Identity & Culture (Imagine IC), are the three largest cultural organisations in Southeast. Nowadays, a lot of students find their way to Southeast for housing. For example Heesterveld is a place where a lot of artists of the Gerrit Rietveldacademie live and work. The quickest way to travel to the city centre is by metrolines 50, 53 and 54. Or by train which stops at station Bijlmer Arena and Holendrecht. Or by bike!
Information about Amsterdam
Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands and the city with most habitants. Amsterdam is also a multicultural city; there are 178 different nationalities. This makes Amsterdam the most multicultural city in the world. The name Amsterdam refers to the Amstel, a river running through Amsterdam. In the field of Art & Culture there is a lot. Famous museums are the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh museum, Stedelijk Museum and the Anne Frank House. Amsterdam has two universities: the University of Amsterdam (UVA) and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). To get around easy you will need a bike. But Amsterdam also has a good public transport system (metro, tram and bus). You can even use a canal boat to discover Amsterdam!
Amsterdam is a city that never sleeps. The city is divided in seven parts: Centrum, West, Noord, Oost, Oud-Zuid, Zuideramstel, Zuidoost (Southeast). CBK Zuidoost is located in Southeast.
Previous artists in BijlmAIR:
During their residency, the artists stay at Heesterveld. It is a house with a studio without art provisions. The artists need to bring their own tools and materials.